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Anecdotes: Introduction Disclosure Number: IPCOM000129546D
Original Publication Date: 1988-Dec-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Oct-06
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Bruce H. Bruemmer: AUTHOR [+2]


Bruce H. Bruemmer

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Anecdotes: Introduction

Bruce H. Bruemmer

Charles Babbage Institute University of Minnesota Minneapolis, MN 56453; USA

Engineers, managers, and salesmen often recall the sense of excitement and uniqueness in being involved in the early development of the computer industry. While time may color memories of past work, there is no doubt that something special transpired in this particular industry. Nowhere is this more evident than in the reunion of former employees of General Electric's computer department. The group met at the May 1987 annual sales meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona. Since General Electric's withdrawal from the computer industry in 1970, most have gone on to other businesses. In spite of this, over 150 attended the Scottsdale reunion to meet with their former colleagues from the computer department. While the shortcomings of General Electric's commitment to the computer industry were readily acknowledged by most of the attendees, there remained pride in their department's accomplishments.

The reunion featured a session of "Tall Tale" presentations, which included George Snively's perspective of the origins of the computer department. He described the role of H. R. (Barney) Oldfield, Jr. in moving General Electric into the general-purpose computer business and the development of the...